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Nike Teams Up With Riccardo Tisci for Performance Collection

Riccardo Tisci, the Italian-born creative director of Givenchy, helped jumpstart the statement sweatshirt craze a few years back when he sent a Bambi-printed one down the runway as part of his Fall 2013 collection. Now, the fashion designer is applying his penchant for high-end streetwear to Nike sportswear.

NikeLab x R.T.: Training Redefined is a collection of men’s and women’s performance footwear and apparel that marries Tisci’s vision with Nike’s materials and sport knowledge. Set to be released in two capsules, the first group drops in July, with the second scheduled for the following month.

“This collection represents an entirely new way of thinking for Riccardo,” NikeLab Senior Design Director Jarrett Reynolds said in a statement released Thursday. “It is engineered for performance, which is unfamiliar territory for him. But that’s the beauty of collaboration—we can help bring Riccardo into the world of sport performance, which is our expertise. On the other hand, Riccardo’s vision pushed our design to a place we wouldn’t have arrived at on our own.”

Inspired by professional athletes, the collection combines Nike performance technologies, such as Dri-Fit and Flyknit, with modern silhouettes, like a 2-in-1 short that blends the performance of full-length running tights with the styling of shorts. The first capsule collection features a black and white color palette, while the second juxtaposes floral and kaleidoscope prints.

“It was interesting…a little bit of a difficult process because to make something that is very dynamic, to do sport and to do activity, and make it strongly recognizable—a fashion statement—is not easy,” Tisci said. “But we achieved something that’s amazing. There’s a lot of sensuality.”